Sea Turtle Research, Sao Tome and Principe
FROM PRICE: $ 4700
Join marine biologists from the Organisation for the Protection of Sea Turtles on Sao Tome and Principe for conservation work with turtles and whales from an Island Resort.
Witness Leather, Loggerhead and Green turtles nesting on island beaches
Principe Island, Gabon - 11 days/10 nights
Where is it?
The research you will participate in is located on Sao Tome Island, off the coast of Gabon. Here, you will enjoy the luxurious comforts of om Bom Island Resort, with 2 private beaches providing a restful place to recharge your spirits; and the ideal place to observe sea turtles in their natural habitat.
The 21 bungalows each have their own veranda with wonderful views across the green palm fronds and bay. Each has an en suite bathroom, air conditioning, flat screen TV with satellite connection, telephone, safe, tea/coffee/ mini bar fridge and fans.
The restaurant, bar and marina are on a tiny islet which is reached by crossing a 230 meter wooden walkway. There is a dive centre, swimming pool and pool bar with a souvenir shop.
What is the best time of year to go?
December to March is the season to witness the leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles nesting in the Praia Grande, when you will focus on observing these amazing animals. Migrating enormous distances to their favoured feeding grounds and hatching beaches, the females are one of the most endangered marine species under observation today.
These waters attract an even bigger marine species when the humpback whales visit from July until September.
How to get there
Fly to Principe Island from Portugal, and connect to the scheduled flight to Sao Tome Island. You will then take a road transfer to Bom Bom Island Resort, where cocktails and explorations of the local area will be waiting for you.
Tips and Notes
As a group, sea turtles represent a primitive and unique component of biological diversity, and an important part of marine ecosystems.
Sea Turtles belong to the oldest living lineage of reptiles and even though they have endured drastic environmental changes without requiring large adaptive changes, these animals are now finding it difficult to survive. A combination of factors including commercial over-fishing, marine pollution and climate change, have led to the decline of sea turtle populations, often to critical levels, and many populations have already become extinct.
Next door Principe Island is an ideal place to explore after your research holiday - why not spend a couple of nights before flying back to Portugal and on home after your eco adventure?